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Many were taken by surprise recently when Duval County Chief Judge Donald Moran announced his resignation — just one day before his term in office expired.

Florida Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Florida's GOP-dominated House approved a proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday that could give the winner of November's gubernatorial election the power to reshape the state Supreme Court.

House Republicans sent the measure to the November ballot in a 74-45, party-line vote, after Democrats objected to both the process and the politics behind a proposal that would allow an outgoing governor to replace appellate or Supreme Court justices whose terms expire on the governor's last day in office.

Justices Weigh Cell Phone Tracking By Cops

Oct 7, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Grappling with privacy rights amid fast-changing technology, the Florida Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments in a challenge to police using "real-time" cell-phone information to track a suspect in a drug case.

Justices pointed to courts across the country trying to sort out how far police can go in using technology that adds to old-school techniques such as wiretaps.

"Everyone's struggling — including us,'' Justice Barbara Pariente said during an exchange with one of the attorneys in Monday's case. "Everyone's struggling."

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — In the wake of a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upended sentencing guidelines for juveniles, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case involving Shimeeka Gridine, who was sentenced to 70 years in prison for crimes committed when he was 14 years old.

Florida’s Water and Land Legacy campaign is one step closer to getting a constitutional amendment to fund the Florida Forever land preservation program.

On Thursday, the group announced that it had collected enough signatures to qualify the measure for review by the Florida Supreme Court. A proposed amendment is eligible for state Supreme Court review when its backers collect 10 percent of the total 683,149 signatures required—or 68,314 John Hancocks.